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Russell Johnson

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Fast Facts

  • Nickname was "Johnny" as a child
  • Father passed away of pneumonia when he was 8; shortly after was sent to Girard College in Philadelphia, Pa
  • , a school that provides education and board for orphaned and financially stressed families
  • Enlisted in the U
  • S
  • Army Air Corps as an aviation cadet after graduating from boarding school; received a Purple Heart for his heroic service
  • Made his acting debut in For Men Only (1952), a drama about fraternity hazing
  • Was considered for the part of Ben Casey in the 1960s television drama Ben Casey; the role went to Vince Edwards
  • Was asked to take off his shirt when auditioning for the Gilligan's Island character Professor Roy Hinkley; he refused, but still got the job
  • In 1993, wrote the autobiography Here on Gilligan's Isle, spotlighting his time on the set of the iconic television series that ran for three seasons
  • Outspoken advocate for HIV/AIDS fund-raising

Awards

    Relationships

    • Edith Cahoon--Ex-wife
    • Russell Kennedy Johnson--Father
    • Marian Johnson--Mother
    • David Johnson--Son
    • Constance Dane--Wife
    • Kay Cousins Johnson--Wife (deceased)